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Constructing a holistic approach to disaster risk reduction: the significance of focusing on vulnerability reduction

Palliyaguru, Roshani, Amaratunga, Dilanthi and Baldry, David 2014, Constructing a holistic approach to disaster risk reduction: the significance of focusing on vulnerability reduction, Disasters, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 45-61, doi: 10.1111/disa.12031.

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Title Constructing a holistic approach to disaster risk reduction: the significance of focusing on vulnerability reduction
Author(s) Palliyaguru, Roshani
Amaratunga, Dilanthi
Baldry, David
Journal name Disasters
Volume number 38
Issue number 1
Start page 45
End page 61
Total pages 17
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2014-01
ISSN 1467-7717
Keyword(s) disaster risk reduction (DRR)
holistic approach to disaster risk reduction
vulnerability
vulnerability reduction
Social Sciences
Planning & Development
Public Administration
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Summary As a result of the increase in natural disaster losses, policy-makers, practitioners, and members of the research community around the world are seeking effective and efficient means of overcoming or minimising them. Although various theoretical constructs are beneficial to understanding the disaster phenomenon and the means of minimising losses, the disaster risk management process becomes less effective if theory and practice are set apart from one another. Consequently, this paper seeks to establish a relationship between two theoretical constructs, 'disaster risk reduction (DRR)' and 'vulnerability reduction', and to develop a holistic approach to DRR with particular reference to improving its applicability in practical settings. It is based on a literature review and on an overall understanding gained through two case studies of post-disaster infrastructure reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka and three expert interviews in Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/disa.12031
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
120299 Building not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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